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2nd July 2008, 00:29
Hello there my fellow forum Chummies

I have had the opportunity to update some of the projects on OldSkool (http://z10.invisionfree.com/Old_Skool_UK/index.php?act=idx) and some of these you might find... interesting...

The XDream (http://z10.invisionfree.com/Old_Skool_UK/index.php?showtopic=1467)
A mod chipped modified XBox with a 128MB ram upgrade

Xbox Mod-Chippery (http://z10.invisionfree.com/Old_Skool_UK/index.php?showtopic=1412)
The chipping of the XBox :)

Wii Repair (http://z10.invisionfree.com/Old_Skool_UK/index.php?showtopic=1469)
The arcane resurrection of a D2C Drive mod that had gone bad.

enjoy :)

2nd July 2008, 01:57
@Zetro you naughty pimp ;)

check em out guys some serious moddage here :)

2nd July 2008, 14:15
I've already had a look at the Xbox mods and it was some very nice work indeed. Sadly I've never even used a soldering iron so such projects are far out of my reach. However I know where to go if I ever need one done! ;)

BTW, will Xbox games still run after the 128MB ram mod has been done?

2nd July 2008, 15:07
Why do forums require you to register just to look at the bloody posts!

That is so fecking annoying!

2nd July 2008, 15:16
Yeah I agree. Should only need to register to post a reply.

2nd July 2008, 23:35
@Harrison i've tried and killed several things with a soldering iron so i gave it up as a bad job ;) btw: i do belive games still work maybe not all of em but would be a pretty pointless execise eh ;)

@KG & Zetro perhaps it's time we looked at that one! (Zetro and myself as Admin of said site!) However some areas of the site would still be locked off to non members as is the case here at CA!

3rd July 2008, 23:17
@KG we are sorting access to more areas of the site without having to be a member

hope that keeps you all happy ;)

4th July 2008, 00:13
done all done :D

4th July 2008, 11:21
OOh I can see it now, cheers!

I like xbox modding info, it makes a good read. :)

I softmodded 2 xboxes last week actually, a lot less messy than those pics ;)

Using the ndure bootdisc of course, no need for memory cards/games etc. :)

4th July 2008, 12:24
I'm interested in soft modding an xbox. What would I need to do in order to softmod one using the ndure bootdisc? Is it as simple as downloading an ISO, burning it, and then running the disc on the Xbox? AFAIK I was going to need something like an Action Replay memory card.

5th July 2008, 15:22
Same here, might see me get some more use out of the xbox again.

8th July 2008, 02:12

The soft mod could either go very well or very bad i've experienced both sides ;)

I did a few softmods for myself and a few friends however it turned ugly for a few reasons!

As with all this things is a lot of reading between the lines with any mod some stuff i understood and some i didn't!

since i got xbox way back when i've had 3 consoles 2 bought and 1 given to replace a stuffed one the 2nd bought one was only 20 quid so a bargain ;)

Anyway my first original xbox i had for many years it had one of the earlier modchips i can't remeber what it was called but it worked flawlessly for years i only gave it away when i discoverd softmod!

however it is possible to **** up a soft mod and i did just that!
on my install is several ways to **** it up 1, unlock the hdd 2, run one of the last games which can replace your soft mod files. 3, do what i did experiment and see what the linux option on slayers evox does.

to get me out of the shit (my xbox is my media hub to tv and it's ****ing brilliant for that!)

To fix my **** ups Zetro installed a mod chip Executor 2.6 on the xbox mobo i sent him! he did a fine job and my wife is watching star trek tng on it as i speak streamed from this pc.

I can't remeber how much it cost me now but i sent the mobo to zetro well packaged and a lot lighter than in the xbox i stripped all the weight down to xbox mobo with 1 heatsink i managed to remove the processor one. And i re-assembled it this end after 1 or 2 hiccups and a reflash by our man in the know (Zetro) it works brilliantly!

What i'm saying harrison is do what i did and Zetro will sort you out!

Sorry for this topic getting well off topic :)

8th July 2008, 07:51

looks like my m8 Sarek is Pimping me out ;) :D

Demon Cleaner
8th July 2008, 08:26
I have an XBit chip in my XBox, and that one works like a charm, recommended :thumbs:

8th July 2008, 12:11
Is it safer to mod an Xbox with a real mod chip, or with a softmod?

I'm currently wanting to try the softmod method, but as there is a danger of bricking my Xbox I might try and obtain a cheap second Xbox to experiment on. So that if anything does go wrong I have my original to continue playing original games on (as I do own over 60 original Xbox games).

8th July 2008, 12:20

I am a firm believer in Hard Modding, softmodding can fail at anytime, for any reason, and when it does... theres very little you can do about it, other than to hard mod it...

depending on the version of XBox its not that difficult, the 1.0 to 1.5 are by far the simplest to do, the 1.6 /b-c are a little more chorsome but after the Wii D2C drive i have new outlook on difficulty levels LOL :D

The beauty of a hard mod is that you can turn it off and run a regular xbox when you want to, (for your live play or what ever) and the even more of a beauty is the fact you can copy the games to the hard disk and play them from there!!!

I was giving r0jaws a spanking on Rouge Agent 2 player split screen the other night!!! awesome fun! it played stright of the HDD and by gods it boots quicker!

my m8 Yorkie has about 60 XBox games installed on his XBox hard disk, not to mention the 1,200 Megadrive games, 800 SNES games and aproximately 300 N64 games installed to just pick up and play...

the XDream 128 project is going to have a 500GB disk in it, this will have everything MAME as well as XBox / DosBox / Amiga AND Playstaion 1 games :D

To me atleast the only way to go is Hard Mod, others sware by soft-mod, but from what i can read, these are flakey beasts ready to crap out at te drop of a hat, and you dont get the FULL features on offer that you can get with a Hard Mod.

8th July 2008, 15:20
What about the solderless hardware mods? Have you ever tried those or think they could be a good solution?

8th July 2008, 17:07
What about the solderless hardware mods? Have you ever tried those or think they could be a good solution?

From what i have seen there good, however fiddly to install... and then there over priced compared to 10 minutes with a soldering iron :)

if you are worried m8y, just do what Sarek2k did and post me the XBox motherboard and chip Oh and enough for return postage m8, I dont mind doing it for friends :D, I can recommend a good mod-chip for you as well :)

Like the Xecutor 2.6CE its a great deal for the price :D and has all needed / wanted the features of the Xecutor 3 but at a lot cheaper price!

19.50 mod-chips store (http://www.modchip-store.co.uk/Xecuter-26-Ce-p-55.html)

19.99 Kanection mod-chips (http://www.kanection.co.uk/product.php/261/27/xecuter-2-6-ce-mod-chip) this is where Sarek2k and got them from they are slightly cheaper on postage as well so it kinda all works out the same as Modchip-store

What might interest you, for an extra 10 (29.99)basically you can have the Xecutor 2 AND the solderless adapter luscious linkie (http://www.kanection.co.uk/product.php/456/27/xecuter-2-6-ce-mod-chip---xapter)

either way its all swings and round abouts, I am using a couple of DuoX 3's (DuoX2 clones) but I would suggest that these are soldered to the board so they are a little more complex than the others.

Which ever you decided H, i can do the mod on the board for you, program the mod-chip and provide you an install CD with full install instructions :D

Demon Cleaner
8th July 2008, 18:19
I bought an XBit chip from DMS Technologies as I had already good experiences with the DMS chips for the PS2.

8th July 2008, 23:33
I will look into this some more tomorrow and let you know. I might just take you up on the offer as I've wanted a modded Xbox for some time. I might however need to wait for a bit as I'm currently spending my extra pocket money on the A1200 project.